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Discounted trip on open top double deck London sightseeing bus

Big Bus London Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Hop-on hop-off: use Big Bus London to see London's major sights

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Big Bus London hop-on hop-off

The Big Bus London hop-on hop-off service provides discounted open top sightseeing tours on two main routes which take in the best sights in the capital including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge.


You can choose from a 1, 2 or 3 calendar day London Big Bus ticket, where you can hop-on and hop-off the sightseeing buses to your heart's content. All Big Bus London routes are included in one ticket and you can get 10 per cent off using our discount code.


Big Bus London's sightseeing hop-on hop-off buses run on various routes around the capital from about 8.30am to 5pm at frequent intervals.


You may start your discounted Big Bus tour at any time and from any of the designated bus stops en route.


Like its rival, The Original Tour, Big Bus London offers two main sightseeing routes covering all the main sights in Central London as well as a shuttle service to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations.

A free cruise on the River Thames and a choice of guided walks are included with the Big Bus ticket. You will also receive a rewards booklet offering discounts at local restaurants and attractions.

Key points of Big Bus Tour in London

- Tickets valid for 1, 2 or 3 calendar days

- Hop-on and hop-off service to London attractions

- FREE Thames River Cruise

- FREE Walking Tours

- FREE wi-fi on buses

- English live guides + audio guides (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian)

- Exclusive Big Bus app downloadable on Apple or Android. Lots more information about London's landmarks, shopping and dining. Mapping to help you navigate to the nearest bus stop.

Big Bus Tour routes

Big Bus London offers two main routes (the Red Tour and Blue Tour), a Green Link shuttle that allows you to get to the British Museum and Bloomsbury hotel area, and an Orange Tour that covers sights and hotel districts in the Kensington area.

Red Tour route

This is the core sightseeing tour visiting all the main sights of Central London, with a live English commentary.

All buses on the Red Tour route are led by experienced guides who will talk you through the history of the city, giving you a personal and entertaining commentary about London and its highlights.


Tours operate regularly with buses running every 10-20 minutes depending on season. Tours begin at 8.30am with the last buses departing at 6pm during summer and 4.30pm in the winter.

Scheduled time for one lap is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Blue Tour route

This tour largely duplicates the Red Route but instead of a live English language commentary it has audio guides supporting 12 languages, (English , French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian).


Timings are similar to the Red Route.

Comparison of London's Sightseeing Buses

Green Link

This service interconnects with the main Red Route and Blue Route services and provides access to the hotel districts and sights to the north of the centre around Bloomsbury and Kings Cross St Pancras is not covered by the Blue and Red routes.

Sights include the British Museum and the British Library as well as providing access to Bloomsbury, Euston and Kings Cross St Pancras hotel districts. Pre-recorded commentary, available in 12 languages.

Tours operate regularly with buses running every 20 minutes depending on season beginning about 8.40am from Kings Cross.

Free River Cruise with City Cruises

Enjoy a complimentary river cruise included in your Big Bus London ticket.

City Cruises offers customers of Big Bus London a free cruise on the River Thames.

The cruise includes live commentary and enables you to see London and its attractions from a different perspective. Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern art gallery are some highlights that line the riverside. City Cruises depart from Westminster (Big Ben), Waterloo (London Eye) and Tower of London.

The River Cruise between Westminster Pier (Big Ben) and the Tower of London departure times vary, but are about every 20 minutes in the summer and every 30-40 minutes in the winter.


With 2 and 3 day tickets the River Cruise is extended further along the Thames to Greenwich.

With the 1 day Big Bus ticket, you can travel one way along the Thames from Westminster Pier to the Tower of London, or vice versa. With the 2 or 3 day Big Bus tour ticket, you can enjoy return travel to Greenwich, where you can explore the National Maritime Museum and the Greenwich Royal Observatory.

City Cruises River Boat In Front Of The Tower Of London

Free Walking tours

Your Big Bus London Sightseeing Tour includes 3 walking tours, every 2 to 3 hours.

The walks are led by a friendly Big Bus guide. You can join as many as you wish. These relaxed walking tours give you the opportunity to learn about a specific part of London history.

The walking tours last 1.5-2 hours and leave from the Trafalgar Square Big Bus stop.

Royal London Walk

10am daily: Learn about the history of St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace, putting you in a prime position for the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Harry Potter

1.30pm daily: This walk reveals film locations from the Harry Potter movies in London’s West End and Whitehall. It also takes you to the Palace Theatre, where the new play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is showing.

Haunting mysteries

4.30pm daily: Be thrilled by the Haunting Mysteries walking tour, with your guide telling tales of mystery and intrigue as you travel to some of London's spookier landmarks and secret haunts.


Big Bus London online ticket discounts

Big Bus London Tour Tickets
London's main open top hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours
(Discounted online advance purchase)


Online advance ticket price adult (child)

1 day‡
Bus only

24 hrs
or 1 day

48 hrs
or 2 days

72 hrs
or 3 days

Original Tour





Big Bus





Golden Tours





†Calendar days ticket      *24/48/72 hour ticket

‡Valid for one calendar day expiring at the end of the day irrespective of start time, river cruise/walking tours not included


Big Bus - 10% discount code available for 1,2 and 3 day tickets at our Big Bus London dedicated page.


Save money combining leading London attractions & hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses

The Original Tour as its name implies is the original hop-on hop-off London sightseeing bus service.

The hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses are an excellent first day in London quickly getting you up to speed and orientated with the layout of London and your guide pointing out sights and destinations you might have not previously considered visiting.

But most visitors to London will have their own "must-see" list of attractions.

So why not save some money and purchase your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tickets and your "must-see" attractions as a package. You don't have to use the attraction tickets on the day you use the sightseeing bus either.

Madame Tussauds, The London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace, Tower of London and Ripleys are all available.

Original London Tour & Attraction Packages

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